Morocco is planning to build nearly 1,672km of pipeline for natural gas from Nigeria, as part of the wider Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project (NMGP), reported Zawya.

Estimated to cost $25bn, the NMGP project will be built to link Nigeria with Morocco, crossing 11 west African countries and extending to Europe.

The NMGP will have the capacity to transport approximately 5,400 billion cubic metres of gas annually to Morocco.

The news agency quoted Morocco National Office for Hydrocarbons and Minerals official Eman Mansouri as saying to Morocco’s Hespress newspaper that the NMGP will also supply gas to Spain and other European countries.

Mansouri commented: “The part of the gas line inside Morocco will be around 1,672 km long [and] this pipeline will be used to transport gas produced in Nigeria and other African states to Europe.”

The pipeline in Morocco is planned to be constructed in six phases.

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Earlier this month, reports emerged stating that the Nigerian government had given approval to its state-run oil company NNPC to proceed with the signing of a deal with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.

Earlier this year, the NMGP project received funding from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The funding will be used for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of the project’s second phase.

In April 2022, Worley was selected to provide main front-end engineering design services for the NMGP project, which is expected to be the longest offshore pipeline in the world.

In another development in Africa, Tanzania gas provider Taifa Gas received a licence to build a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant, storage terminal, and related facilities at a site in Dongo Kundu near the port of Mombasa, Kenya, reported The East African.

The new plant will be equipped to store butane, propane, and a mix of various grades of LPG.